From Middle English [Term?], from past participle of Old French referer (“to relate, to refer”), from Latin referre (“to carry back, to report, to notify”); as if refer + -ee, that is, the person to whom something is referred for consideration.
referee (plural referees)
- (sports) An umpire or judge; an official who makes sure the rules are followed during a game.
- The referee kicked Jim out of the game for fighting.
- A person who settles a dispute.
- A person who writes a letter of reference or provides a reference by phone call for someone.
- Your application, along with letters from three referees, should be received by January 31.
- An expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published.
- In general, and as a usage guideline, a referee moves around with the game, while an umpire stays (approximately) in one place.
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- To act as a referee.
- He has to referee three hockey games this weekend.
- She has to finish refereeing an article for Nature.
- IPA(key): /ˈrefereː/, [ˈre̞fe̞re̞ː]
- IPA(key): /ˈreferiː/, [ˈre̞fe̞riː]
- Rhymes: -efereː
- Syllabification: re‧fe‧ree
- referee (expert who judges the manuscript of an article or book to decide if it should be published)
- Synonym: arvioija
|Inflection of referee (Kotus type 20/filee, no gradation)|
|Possessive forms of referee (type filee)|
referee m or f (plural referees)